“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
― C.S. Lewis,
The battle is epic some say, that life is an adventure. What if those people are wrong? What if the day-to-day that we exist in is just the beginning, the title page if you will. What if the greatest adventure, the most significant battle rest just behind the last closure of our eyes? This question or set of questions is just a ponder, just a funny thought on a late Sunday evening.
But what if it is more than that? Can you imagine opening your eyes on the other side to see that you are thrust into battle, and you are fighting beside some of the great people that we only thought were from histories past? To your left, you see David in his stunning armor slingshot on one side, mighty sword on the other. To your right, you see General Patton commanding an army of angels. The battle they are facing is one we face daily, against the one who wants to control the world, to take down the Almighty. We think of this battle as being on the other side that our last closing of our eyes was death for us. But what if it was life?
What if it was just the beginning, only the opening of the book to reveal the real story and what if we had missed it by losing sight of the book. You see we have the opportunity to know a great story but all too often we choose the other path. We choose to not be the brave knight and have heroic courage. We choose to sit idle as our kids dream up worlds that are absent of courage. We choose to sit by while are wives are lost in a book of a dream world. We choose not to engage our families, not to love them unconditionally, but most of all we choose to lose the book of our lives.
So how do we not choose that, we begin by dreaming. Now I am not talking about a really awesome nap on a Sunday afternoon, while they are great, that is not the point here. I am talking about being the man we dreamed about being. The one who makes your kids laugh, the one that pursued his bride, I am talking about not giving up. I am talking about facing the cruelest enemy we will ever meet, looking him straight on and saying not in my house, not in my family. Lock arms with your kids and wife and take aim at the battle. Pray together, love together, and be brave together; the book is waiting, it is time to make the cover amazing.